Book author J. Ryan Stradal
Penguin Random House
July 26, 2016

On The 21st: A Novel About Midwestern Kitchens; Sunscreens And Chemical Scares; #BLM Cookout

Cooking in the midwest - a subject for cookbooks and cooking shows, maybe, but here, writer J. Ryan Stradal takes that subject and turns it into a novel; we'll talk to him about his novel and the food of his midwest childhood. And what's more dangerous - the sun, or the sunscreen you put on to keep it from burning you? One science journalist says any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen, and that alleged dangers of chemicals in sunscreens is overstated. Plus, a planned Black Lives Matter protest in Kansas turns into a cookout with police, aiming to soothe community tensions.

Harness racing.
Wikimedia Commons
July 26, 2016

Despite Statewide Decline, Harness Racing Continues At Champaign County Fair

Harness racing --- horses racing at a trot or gait while pulling a driver in a two-wheeled cart --- is a longtime feature of the Champaign County Fair in Urbana. But races that were held every weekday at the fair a decade ago are now reduced to a single session set for Tuesday evening at 7 PM.

Champaign Swarm player Jonathan Mills, who was shot and killed in Chicago Monday.
Midwest Professional Basketball Association
July 26, 2016

Champaign Swarm Player Shot And Killed In Chicago

Jonathan Mills, a member of the 2016 team from Chicago, died Monday afternoon after being shot outside a store on the city's west side.  A Chicago Sun-Times report indicates Mills was shot multiple times in the 4100 block of West Roosevelt, and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was also a standout player for North Lawndale High School and Southern Miss.

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